Here are my top picks from the August 18 Vintages Release. You can also get all 82 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Wines for red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions.
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2010 Maculan Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy
Vibrant and zesty pinot grigio that I recommend year after year. Mouth-watering acidity for food, great aperitif. Lime and lemon aromas. Medium-bodied. Drink: 2012-2015. 734921 12.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. Best Value White Wine
2009 Mer Soleil Chardonnay, Monterey County, California
Full-bodied with generous oak that’s supported by ripe orchard fruit aromas and flavours. Classic Californian Chardonnay. Drink: 2012-2016. 958975 14.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. Top Rated White Wine
2009 Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
Mint and blackberry on the nose. Juicy, full-bodied, rich and delicious on the palate. Amazing price. Drink: 2012-2015. 744235 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value Red Wine
2010 Famille Perrin La Gille, Rhône, France
Lovely! Full-bodied, savoury and delicious! Aromas of cedar, wild black cherry and forest floor. Drink: 2012-2018. 906073 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. Top Rated Red Wine
2011 Domaine Sainte Marie Rosé, Côtes De Provence, France
Lovely and light with rose petal and tiny field raspberries. Dry and refreshing. Pair with: pan-fried freshwater fish, raw vegetables and an aioli dip. Drink: 2012-2014. 283564 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value Rosé
2011 Francis Coppola Sofia Domino Blanc De Blancs, Monterey County, California
Floral and pretty almost moscato like and floral like a fritz torrontes. Terrific price. Pair with: tempura appetizers. Drink: 2012-2014. 128314 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine